...Tony Barnette is scheduled to start the exhibition game against the Orix Buffaloes on Tuesday.
...The Swallows announced on Monday that Aya Matsuura will be throwing out the ceremonial first pitch during the home opener against the Chunichi Dragons on the 30th. Matsuura will also be singing the Japanese anthem prior to the game. The Swallows will also be handing out test samples of a drink called MiruMiru (ミルミル) to the first 5,000 fans; a clear folder to the first 10,000 fans; and a raffle ticket to the first 20,000 fans that arrive at the game. They also have a fireworks display scheduled for after the 5th inning.
...Shigeru Takada told reporters after Sunday's game that he expects Kyohei Muranaka to be ready for the start of the regular season.
...Takahiro Araki is likely one step closer to securing a spot on the opening day roster with his outing on Sunday: 3-for-5, R, RBI.
...Yasuhiro Ichiba balked in the 5th inning on Sunday. While going into the wind, he bumped his hand on his right thigh, knocking the ball out of his glove. His final line: 2 IP, 14 BF, 55 NP, 7 H, 1 HR, 0 SO, 2 BB, 6 R, 6 ER. Ichiba also had a chance to test out his new shuto with mixed, if not bad, results.
The Swallows decided to demote Ichiba after the game.